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Skype isn’t suitable for businesses in Asia

Internet telephony products such as those offered by Skype, MSN and Yahoo, may have gained steady ground in the consumer space, but they are still not ready for enterprise adoption in Asia-Pacific, according to networking vendor 3Com.In an e-mail interview, Matthew Walmsley, product marketing director at 3Com Asia-Pacific, said the company has not seen any example of enterprises using free Internet telephony services or voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as their primary business telephone infrastructure in the region.

“Whilst Internet telephony is a well-known consumer phenomenon it is not a suitable voice solution for enterprises,” Walmsley added.

He explained that to ensure good-quality voice calls, there must be stable bandwidth, low transmission latency–of less than 150ms (millisecond)–and predictable ‘jitter variance’, which refers to the dynamic change in latency.

Because the Internet is a shared public network without any performance or predictability controls, users have no control over the performance of the Internet, Walmsley explained.

“The ‘best effort’ method of servicing requests doesn’t allow the Internet to differentiate between different users and applications, and this can lead to poor and unpredictable voice quality when using Internet-based telephony,” he said.

He noted that while consumers are prepared to sacrifice quality in exchange for low or free call charges, businesses are not as ready to do so.

He said the lure of free phone calls may initially look attractive, but businesses still need to consider the following issues:

  • Call quality or performance guarantee;
  • Availability of telephony services 24 hours by 7 days;
  • Security measures guarding the transmission of the company’s voice traffic over a public shared connection, such as the Internet;
  • Ability to integrate the company’s enterprise applications with the Internet telephony service.

Walmsley noted that telecommunications is a “critical utility”, and businesses still look for high levels of “resiliency and quality”. “Introducing raw, uncontrolled Internet connections and even hosting and controlling the call via the Internet, can mean giving up too much control,” he said.

That said, the 3Com executive was also quick to point out that VoIP is still applicable to meet certain market demands.

“Internet telephony is good. Business IP telephony is [also] good. They’re just two different applications of VoIP that address differing markets and needs,” said Walmsley.

He added that there are other applications of VoIP technology that do not rely on the public Internet and are more applicable to businesses, offering cost savings, improved efficiency and productivity and better customer services.

“The prevailing method of deploying IP-based telephony in enterprises is to have a locally hosted system running across your private network, [and] this has numerous advantages over Internet-based telephony,” Walmsley said. Other benefits include better control over call quality and connection, and integration–via open standards such as Session Initiation Protocol–with enterprise applications including e-mail and voice mail.

Skype eyes enterprise customers
Meanwhile, Skype has been aggressive in its bid to penetrate deeper into the workplace and has partnered security vendors to ensure its Net telephony tool is suitable for businesses.

Last month, the company teamed up with U.S.-based security company FaceTime Communications, to enable companies to gain control over usage of VoIP tool at work. FaceTime develops software and appliances that allow businesses to monitor and secure the use of instant messaging (IM) tools on their networks.

Skype also offers an enterprise version of its latest Internet telephony application on the Windows operating system. Dubbed Skype 3.0 for Business, the application offers the same features as the standard Skype 3.0 that consumers use but also includes Windows Installer, according to its Web site. The Windows component facilitates the installation and removal of applications via centrally defined policies and rules.

Skype 3.0 for Business also includes “business-friendly features” such as increased security for business users, easy deployment to multiple machines in the company and more control for IT administrators.

Acquired by eBay in May 2005, Skype counts over 30 percent of its 171 million users as business users.

At press time, Skype did not respond to media queries.

(Source:By Lynn Tan ZDNet asia, bangkokpost)

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April 17, 2007 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

300

In the ancient Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

April 15, 2007 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Liu Yi Fei To Join Jackie Chan and Jet Li In Project

According to recent rumors, Chinese rising superstar Liu Yi Fei, better known as Crystal Liu, has agreed to sign onto the Journey to The West project, also starring martial arts actors Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Both Chan and Li have expressed huge interest

in playing roles in this project, and Journey To The West is expected to begin in mid 2007.

Jet Li will appear as The Monkey King and Liu Yi Fei is expected to play one of the two major female roles in the story. Jackie Chan will play several smaller parts.

Reportedly, since this is Chan and Li’s first movie together, action scenes will compromise 60% of the entire movie.

(Source: hancinema.net, Wikipedia.com)

April 14, 2007 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Management lessons

Mgmtlessons Please enjoy the lessons…

Lesson Number One:

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit
saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”
The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson Number Two:

A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get
to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”
“Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull.
They’re packed with Nutrients.”

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it actually gave him enough strength to reach the first branch of the tree. The next day, after
eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fortnight, there he was proudly perched at the top of the Tree.
Soon a farmer,who spotted him promptly shot the turkey out of the
tree.

Management Lesson

Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.

Lesson Number Three:

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the
bird froze and fell to the ground in a large field. While it was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow
dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him!

Management Lesson

1) Not everyone who drops shit on you is your enemy.

2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.

3) And when you’re in deep shit, keep your mouth shut

April 12, 2007 at 11:33 am 1 comment


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